The recently released Honey
Badger 320W/s from Interfit is a
compact and affordable AC-
powered flash that’s great for those just
starting out as well as photographers who
want a lighting system to take on location,
while leaving the larger, heavier (and more
expensive) gear in the studio.
Available in single and kit versions, the
$300 option includes a single light, pop-up 24-inch softbox as well as power and
sync cables. For a little more than double
the price ($700), Interfit’s Honey Badger kit
bundles two flash heads, two lightstands,
two pop-up 24-inch softboxes, an Interfit
Manual Remote and a carry bag. Both
options include diffusers, built-in receivers
and are equipped with a Bowens mount as
well. (Tests performed with the two-light kit.)
Each light measures a compact 5
x 5 x 6 inches and weighs only 3 pounds.
Although small and lightweight, they are still
well-built (especially considering the price)
and feature easy to use controls on the back
of the light, including options such as test,
power adjustment, modeling lamp, channels
and groups. The LCD screen is bright and
provides a clear view of settings.
Both the flash and the Honey Badger’s
60W LED modeling lamp are daylight
balanced. Interfit claims that the modeling
lamp outputs the same brightness as a
300W tungsten lamp, so it can be used
as continuous lighting without a color
correction gel. I found that the modeling
lamp wasn’t quite powerful enough to
be used as continuous lighting for some
of my test shots, though it did work well
in combination with the flash. There’s a
proportional option that adjusts the strength
of the modeling lamp in tandem with flash
power adjustments—helpful when analyzing
lighting ratios between multiple lights.
The flash tube is covered with a frosted
glass dome diffuser and is surrounded by
a Bowens S-type mount and a ring that
accommodates the bundled pop-up 24-inch
softbox. The latter is very convenient since
it folds down into a small, soft bag, does
not require rods and is attached by fitting it
over the Honey Badger’s built-in ring mount.
The modifier is well built but has so much
spring to it that when I took it out of its bag,
it jumped out of my hands (so be sure to
keep it away from your face when removing
it from the bag).
Unfortunately, attaching the four corners
of the softbox to the ring is no easy task. It’s
a very tight fit and requires some strength to
attach the softbox; once it’s positioned over
the ring, the modifier is solidly attached.
Dual diffusers (inner and outer) are easily
attached and detached. and an umbrella
mount is built in.
The bundled 7-foot, 6-inch lightstands
are relatively lightweight but more than
sturdy enough to support the lightweight
Honey Badger and the softbox.
An Interfit manual remote control is also
included with the two-light kit and unlike
the TTL version, which is only available for
specific camera models (Canon, Nikon
or Sony), this remote is universal and
works seamlessly with any camera that
has a hotshoe. You can use other Interfit
S1 remotes with the Honey Badger (and
vice versa), but the manual remote is best
matched with the latter. Powered by two
AAA batteries, the remote has a 3.5mm sync
jack and a wireless range of 100m. You can
adjust power, control up to eight groups
and choose from 15 different channels. The
INTERFIT HONEY BADGER
The run down on an affordable new option for studio photographers.
PICTURED: Ultra-compact, lightweight and
inexpensive, the Honey Badger is as
easy on your wallet as it is to pack up
for a road trip.